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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: In the midst of a budget crisis, New Hanover Co. School Board renting hotel meeting rooms

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - In a news release sent out earlier this week (see below), the New Hanover County Board of Education announced it would be having four specially called closed meetings over the next few weeks. But instead of having them in their building, they're happening at the Downtown Hilton.

Board Chair Ed Higgins confirmed today the school board is paying $200 each meeting to rent the rooms. A school spokeswoman says the North Carolina School Board Associated, which is helping with the superintendent search, recommended having the meetings at the hotel instead of one of the board's own buildings to help protect the identities of the applicants. That's on top of transportation, lodging and meal expenses.

New Hanover County is facing a $11 - 14 million shortfall and the school board is having to make cuts to help make ends meet.

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The New Hanover County Board of Education will meet in a specially called meeting on Friday, June 25, 2010, beginning at 8:30 am at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

The New Hanover County Board of Education will also meet in a specially called meeting on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, beginning at 8:40 am at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

The New Hanover County Board of Education will also meet in a specially called meeting on Friday July 2, 2010, beginning at 8:40 am at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

The New Hanover County Board of Education will also meet in a specially called meeting on Friday July 9, 2010, beginning at 12:40 pm at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 North Water Street, Wilmington. The only item on the agenda will be a closed session for confidential personnel matters pursuant to G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) and G.S. 115C-319. The board will convene the meeting in the lobby of the hotel and then proceed to another location in the hotel to hold the closed session.

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